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Paruyr Sevak
Birth: Jan. 24, 1924
Death: Jun. 17, 1971

Author. Real name Paruyr Ghazarian. Regarded as one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th Century, he celebrated his country and its history in his verse, often in defiance of the ruling Soviet regime. Among his books are "The Immortals Command" (1948) and "Love Rout" (1954). The latter includes the free-form narrative "A Long Conversation", a key work of the "Thaw" period of Russian Literature. In this tale of a political official's affair with a married woman, Sevak argued that the Communist Party should stay out of personal issues such as love. The epic "The Unstoppable Bell Tower", first published in 1957 and revised several times, is considered his masterpiece. Sevak was born in Chanakchi (now Zangatun), Armenia. He studied at Yerevan State University and at the Gorky Institute in Moscow, earning a doctorate in Literature. In 1942, when he was 18, his poems first appeared in the magazine "Soviet Armenian Literature". Communist bureacrats were angered by their proud, nationalistic tone, which they considered seditious. Sevak was barred from the press for six years and the magazine editor who approved his work was fired. It was the first of several run-ins Sevak had with The Kremlin. Censorship prevented most of his poetry from being published during his lifetime. Some of it reached the public through clandestinely circulated manuscript copies, and through semi-private readings at which Sevak also castigated what he called "the lethal ideology" of Communism. It is widely believed that his death at 47 in a car crash was no accident but an assassination engineered by the KGB. A 1982 edition of his "Collected Poems" sold out in three hours. In Armenia today Sevak is viewed as a patriot and cultural martyr and there are shrines dedicated to him throughout the country. He was buried at his birthplace, which is now a museum. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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Specifically: Paruyr Sevak Birthplace-Museum, Zangatun, Armenia.
 
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Apr 08, 2006
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Paruyr Sevak
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